Ramsgate RNLI are currently working to keep the post-war steam tug Cervia afloat in Ramsgate harbour after she began to take on water.
An RNLI spokesperson said the 320 ton vessel, built in 1946 as a seagoing tug for use as a fleet auxiliary, has a ‘large hole; that the crew has sandbagged. It is not yet known how this was caused.
They added: ” There are two lifeboat pumps and those pumps are holding ingress at present.”
The Cervia has been in Ramsgate since 1983.
We will keep you updated with progress.